My abuela, how doves come to her so she can mend their wings, and how they stay near her home for years, speaking to her in the mornings with their warm, throaty coos. She names each one Casper, and for a while in my childhood, a collection of feathered Caspers followed her all over the yard. While I was working on my thesis essay for my MFA in poetry, I decided to take a break and walk around the neighborhood I was living in at the time, in Tallahassee.
The air was sticky and sweet with the scent of blooms: hibiscus, roses, wisteria. The sky was the color of the sea, dark and haunted and endless. I wrote fantasy and contemporary, magical realism and mythic retellings. Despite the differences in genres and plot and approach, all of my novels featured a young girl protagonist whose skin was light like milk quartz, whose eyes were green or gold or violet, whose hair was red or honey or white-blonde, and always straight, straight, straight like the edges of pale paper. There is nothing wrong with these features in a protagonist. This novel idea was different.
I knew it centered around a UFO crash and a mother, an undocumented immigrant from Mexico. This girl was dark, her hair black, her eyes black, her hips and thighs and lips all big and wide. I named her Sia. That their—that our—stories are worthy. And that we, too, as people, are worthy.
And that includes everything that makes us who we are: mariachis and cold cake and warm arroz con pollo and abuelas who mend the wings of doves between cooking blistered, hot, soft tortillas like moons. When not writing, Raquel tells stories to her plants and they tell her stories back.
She lives in Tennessee with her beloved family and mountains. Raquel has published two books of poetry. Sia Martinez and the Moonlit Beginning of Everything is her first novel. The Grief Keeper is the tender, moving, and compulsively readable speculative tale of seventeen-year-old Marisol, a young Salvadoran who flees her country with her little sister after their brother is murdered. Marisol is offered a chance at asylum in the U.
Alex, thank you for speaking with me. Without further ado Was it a question you needed answered, an image that wouldn't leave you, a character whispering in your head, or something else entirely? Which begged another question: Who would be the giver and who would be the receiver? I followed this string of questions until I had Marisol firmly in my head. Then I followed Marisol to the rest of her story. What fell out of the overstuffed closet in your brain we all have one that you knew you needed to include in this story?
Did you come across any fascinating details while working on the book that you ultimately chose to exclude? Oh, my overstuffed brain!
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Most of those superfluous ideas, I manage to weed out back into that brain-space you go! My editor wisely saw that this pair did not add anything to the narrative, and worse, took tension away. OFF they went! The sisters in this book shine so bright from the very first pages. What did you want to highlight in Marisol and Gabi's sisterly dynamic? Siblings is a theme I come to again and again in my writing.
As I discovered who Marisol was, I wrote Gabi and their older brother Pablo, defining each sibling as they were in relation to each other. Exploring what it means to be other, what it means to feel apart, is at the core of my book. I love that book, it haunts me still. It also questions who gets to benefit from technology and who suffers. As a reader, it's impossible not to empathize with GK's protagonist, Marisol, a young Salvadoran who seeks asylum in the US and is given a chance at that for herself and her sister if she agrees to participate in this very risky experiment.
Detailing how this experiment affects the lives of teenagers is a visceral, intimate way of examining inequity in the world. What parallels did you hope to draw between Marisol's world and ours? The only difference is the technology. The forces that seek to make us despise otherness are here right now. The moral ambiguity that comes with having power, money and privilege is here too. Even the drive to protect the ones we love at any cost is here.
What did that society look like? What kind of role do you think grief plays in shaping who we are? Oh God, I did think about that. I had, at one time, a more grandiose vision of this book as a sci-fi fantasy dystopian. But ultimately, I decided I wanted to explore the personal effects of grief and sacrifice. I wanted to dig deep into the emotion and the connection and the consequences.
I needed less plot twists for that and more hands reaching to touch each other. Would you ever consider writing a MG version from her point of view I'm only asking because I'm desperate to read it? I love Gabi. Fair or not, that means they get to be more carefree. Gabi is also quite different in her personality. She looks for beauty. She likes speed and breezes in her hair and she likes loud. While working on the book, did you learn anything surprising about yourself that you might like to share? That I could write a hard book. I had this idea initially in late and I submitted it to my agent, Barbara Poelle along with other book ideas that were less hard.
I not-so-secretly hoped that Barbara would choose one of my other ideas that were lighter and fluffier. No such luck. She told me and other friends echoed her words to write the hard book.
But I found out I was wrong! Everyone deserves love. It sounds so easy and most people would agree immediately with this statement. Believe that this is true and act accordingly.
What's next for you, Alex? Ha ha. Sara, thank you so much for these thought-provoking questions- I had a blast! Las Musas Welcome Hermanas and Madrinas! It will connect unpublished writers with current Musas and Madrinas. Mentees should be Latinx comfortable identifying on the female spectrum authors who would like guidance on a specific Middle Grade or Young Adult project for a period of six months. We will be selecting up to five Hermanas. Our As Musas they will be able to ask their fellow Musas for help promoting their new projects and of course, a sounding board for whatever they may need.
Since then we have continued to grow and change as we build from this seed and interact with the publishing community. Because of this we hope the Hermanas and Madrinas programs will help us continue to expand our community and reflect the rich variety of voices in the Latinx community. Five friends cursed. Five deadly fates. But first a little more about the book But the clues lead them out of the real world and into the realm of myths and legends. And if they want to catch the killer, they'll have to step into the shadows to see what's lurking there—murderer, or monster?
OK, Querida! Let's get started!!! What was the first image or visual that sunk its teeth in and wouldn't let go? I love this question! Honestly, it was the amorphous image of El Cuco. I know, that sounds contradictory to the question, right?
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But when I first found out about him, that he was present in many different Hispanic cultures under different names, I kept asking people, "but what does he look like? But the idea of him not having a set shape was SO intriguing to me. Because ever since I was little, my imagination was always WAY scarier than reality, so I imagined him like the English boggart, taking the form of the thing you feared most.
I loved that they found Naomi Romero's illustration of him for the cover because I think she really captured the visual that was in my head. Speaking of monsters. Some people in the genre believe that the monster must never be visible - or at least not fully - in order to keep the tension up.
Are you of this camp and how did you wrestle with keeping your monster amorphous being while keeping the dread a very tangible thing? I actually had a lengthy discussion about this with my brother George. There was a scene where El Cuco took the form of a huge snake, and I got very detailed about it, describing the muscled body, the triangular head. George felt that level of description took away from the tension for the reason you mentioned.
Since he's a psychoanalyst and understands much more of the human mind than I do and has a dozen years of horror reading on me I took his advice and went less specific in the end, more of a formless evil but with snake-like qualities He was right: it upped the tension. So I guess my answer is that I'm coming over into the less visible camp I feel a bit of my chef side coming out with this next question. As I was reading I kept getting hints of classic tales and authors like dash of flavor coming out.
I'd read a page and think, "oh here's a hint of King here," in the best way. What are some of your influences as you were writing this? I mean, I think at this point in my life I've had so many years of gathering influences that their voices are all in there, you know? I mean, what horror writer isn't influenced by Stephen King? Whether they admit it or not. I was a huge fan in my youth. Gorgeous Gothic literature don't even mention the movie to me. Tom Cruise as Lestat? But mostly when it came to horror it was movies that influenced me the most. I was lucky to be around for what I feel is the absolute heyday of horror cinema.
Some great, some awful. Fifty-six years of these story-lines, literary and cinematic, wound their way into my psyche, so I'm not surprised they're visible in my work We need to sit down and just walk through everything and also help me get new glasses. So, as someone who also juggled multiple storylines - how did you keep personalities separate?
How were dynamics particularly important for the story? But Michael Rooker called me "Darlin'. Keeping the personalities separate wasn't the hard part for me, it was during the revision process, my agent or editor would say, "Lupe needs some more substance" then I would beef up Lupe, and then Javier would seem one-dimensional. It's kind of like when you fix up one room of your home, the others suddenly seem shabby. I eventually hit on the right balance, though. But it is a balance.
And the dynamics between the two were so important because to me they represented the two cultures that I was stretched between as a kid. I think that's something that a lot of teenagers can relate to these days. Speaking about culture. Can you talk a bit about if and how you spoke to that feeling of being between two places and what it meant for Lupe to carry your last name? I was born Ann Marie Hagman. We were born on the same date. When I started writing this book six years ago, I gave the character my maternal family name as an homage.
In traditional Spanish families we would keep all these names anyway. Puerto Rico - of course - plays a big role in Five Midnights. It is also squarely in the present delving into a lot of the social, economic and emotional status of the island. Can you talk a little bit about your approach, any hesitations you may have had or how setting can often become another character? Oh, so many hesitations. I've never lived on the island for more than a few months. I know that when you hit that one thing, that "Wait! That's more a Mexican expression! They no longer trust you.
So I worked hard on that and had many many other eyes on it, people who live and work on the island year-round. And when setting a book on Puerto Rico, how does it not become a character? Good Lord, the pull from that land is extraordinary. It's a drug that gets in your veins and you think about all year long particularly during the long hard winters!
And it would be irresponsible to not address the more difficult situation the island is in these days. Even pre-Maria it was a tough time. I saw it start in the 70s and 80s when my mother's town started to change. It was farmland, bucolic, then drugs came in and I learned the term tiroteo when I was a small child. It was hard to watch because I wasn't seeing it every day, when I came back I would be shocked at the changes, and my aunt would be surprised, because she was like that frog in the proverbial boiling water, it happened slowly so she didn't notice it encroaching on her private jungle.
Initially when I wrote about Puerto Rico I portrayed it as idyllic, heaven, the way it is in my heart. But that's not fair either. That's exoticizing it. I love it with all its brightness and dark corners. I love it with all my heart. You deal with a lot in this book, from colonialism, substance abuse, faith and loss of faith, culture clashes and family. Did it feel like too much at times?
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Reminiscing the early days of Dragon Con when it was just a handful of African American people who attended. Challenges as a black entrepreneurs and comic book owner. The state of comic book stores and does the comic movies entice people to read the comic book? The season tied up nicely for the most part, but then we were hit in the neck with more shocking reveals! We bicker and nitpick over small but important bits in the narrative and are uncomfortable with some inconsistencies in Westworld's narrative.
And seeing Deloris curled up next to dead Ted was touching.
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Round table question - Who were you rooting for? Human or Hosts? But Colin had a different take on it. In this final 3 part episode, Grace and Amanda discuss Humans marketing challenges, compared to HBO's juggernaut promotion machine. Exploring the actors of both shows, Westworld's bankable cast vs Humans extremely talented fresh new faces. Pros and Cons of accepting a role from a familiar actor vs an unknown. Humans has more moments of humor and lite fare, where Westworld is more serious and dark.
Writers of Humans create smart comedy scenes with human children mimicking robots. Looking at the diversity of both shows, Westworld has that completely covered! But Humans face of the show is an Asian women, which is very powerful. The importance of creating A. Although Westworld may be challenging with its complex plots and time jumps, it's worth the intellectual exercise. And it broadens our understanding of the human experience and what lies beneath our daily mundane lives.
While providing escapism, Humans gives you an emotional experience and journey through the eyes of victims of discrimination. The writers do a excellent job in also showing the response of these acts by the humans and synths, which makes the viewers ponder over our own reaction to what we see every day! Both top rated shows are a must see! Amanda covers one of the Darkest episodes we have seen in Westworld! Was it voluntary? She's just a big bully and without her henchmen and posse, she's nothing!
But her efforts will probably prove futile. Explaining Westworld themes, sometimes confusing plots and the shows deeper message. The dichotomy between both the hosts and the synths passing as humans, while one was created to act more robotic and later try's to pass, hosts are created to look, feel and act exactly like humans! Also taking a deeper look at how most A. Deeper thoughts and analysis is made on how both of these shows are a direct reflection on the human experience and what we can learn from these shows. One of the most romantic episodes to date, filled with love, loyalty and truth.
Amanda recaps Akecheta's love affair with Kohana and explores some deeper messages this show may have for all of us! Pointing out some interesting parallels this show has to our own lives. Questioning our own life of free will or predestination! What if this show, isn't just for entertainment? Hundredth monkey effect.
Grace discuss all things Humans, while Amanda express her love for Westworld, but both series are awesome and worthy of many awards! Despite its name, this podcast is not a thorough comparison of these shows, as neither have seen both series, but instead to see what these two shows can teach us while also making some comparisons in several major areas. In dissecting episode 7, host Amanda Ray picks out a flaw in Lawrences awakening or autonomy that doesn't fit with the shows narrative.
Gives the meaning of Les Ecorches and while it may not be about the Drone hosts, it still ties into the episode. Speculating on what will become of the new tougher Bernard and how Ford's decision to change Bernard is exactly what Deloris did with Teddy. Charlotte finally gets put in her place and thinks she can negotiate her way out of getting sliced up by Deloris! Why Solo missed the mark and what they got right with Deadpool 2 and what other films they may have borrowed from.
Discussing some influences Deadpool 2 may have gotten from Looper and Terminator! Teddy may end up becoming Deloris's Frankenstein, and how weird is it that Teddy remembers who he was and what Deloris did to him, but is helpless to do anything about it! Did the writers make a mistake by ending the Akira Kurosawa inspired, Shogun world so soon? Wouldn't it be a great idea to do a spin-off of the Shogun World later down the line! But first the writers need to clean up their portrayal of Native Americans with the new Ghost Nation narrative?
Bet money William's right his daughter is a host! Maeve finally finds her daughter! But will she accept Maeve as her mother? And at last, we see Anthony Hopkins again! So does this finally prove that Ford and Arnold's consciousness was uploaded into the park? This episode is dedicated to black filmmakers around the world! Today's host Amanda Ray, implores black filmmakers to create science fiction films and discuss the importance and impact this genre has on the black community.
Asking questions, Where do you see black people in years from now? How will our lives and experiences appear to be different or remain the same? How will we adapt to change with respect to technology and science? If we can't perceive our future, how can we create it! Spoiler Alert! Today we continue with Dr. Using the shows characters, Deloris, Maeve and Teddy, the narrative dances between what part of our lives are predestined and what is of our own free will.
Is Ford and Arnold still alive as code calling the shots? Refreshing to see asian women find their strength to fight against abuse and oppression, through the Geisha double-bots. GA Tech 's Afrofuturism professor, Dr. Bethany Jacobs joins Amanda in a in-depth discussion on episode 5, where we discuss the reason for Deloris's decision to get rid of Teddy. And how the shows narrative explores pre-destination vs free will and even double pre-destination, and how it can be applied in our own lives. We also cover Maeve's transformation into the most powerful host, using psychological warfare! We couldn't help but review how culture was integrated into the show, what worked and what didn't work.
And how we loved the Double-bots in the Samurai World!! Spoiler FREE! This weeks show is hosted by Amanda and in this Spoiler review of E4, the plot thickens like cold peanut butter!! Here are some highlights. Needed a break from her intense scenes. But she's probably channeling her personal experience of rape she reveals Washington Post.
Washington Post. Ford clearly has more plans for Elsie that she is aware of. Was it for Ford, William, or Arnold?? I know those tasty delights were at the core of my hungry brain! Part Spoiler Free! Celebrating 20 years since the release of Alex Proyas , Dark City in Feb , Amanda takes us down memory lane of one of the smartest sf films around. Such as: Murdoch aka Deloris, Dr.
Proyas also directed, The Crow and iRobot. Other mentions: Slashfilm. Quick, the kid Stranger looking like Mini-me from Austin Powers. Full Spoilers Alert! Colin Sharpe and Amanda Ray bring you thought provoking conversations on: Teddy's ballsy move to defy Deloris, show comparisons to: Futureworld - the sequel to the original Westworld movie , Hunger Games and The Matrix. Both had a great start and is still going strong with renewed seasons, but both still struggle in certain areas, one more than the other.
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We look at how real life experiences are played out in the series, the origins of the comic book characters, and where season 2 may take us. Articles mentioned, Forbes magazine. A fan theory that William was, sentenced to the park as punishment.
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And his creation, "The Weapon" is a clone factory that Deloris will use to build her army of hosts for world domination. Delos created the WW theme park similar to a "drug front," masking his more sinister plan. Today we welcome special guest, Mason DeMerieux of Raven Cliff Media, an award winning digital media professional who has written, produced and edited on-air and online creative content for Cartoon Network and Fox Sports.
Mason - a life time comic book addict, joins Amanda in discussing this epic superhero movie, and predictions for Captain Marvel!
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We also discuss the impact Wakanda had in this film. Seeing culture infused in a comic book movie, has never been done before in cinema. Also Okoye played by Danai Gurira line about imaging a "Starbucks in Wakanda," I'm sure this line would have been Very different, if used at all, post the Starbucks Arrest of 2 black men!! Here's the original line, "When you said you were going to open up Wakanda to the rest of the world, this is not what I imagined," Okoye laments to T'Challa.
Ellie, Zac and Amanda share what it was like seeing Westworld on a big theater screen! Lee Sizemore character is similar to Gaius Balter in Battlestar Gallactica, as both get on your nerves but they play their wormy roles very well.
This would not have been a question if Maveve was nude again! The question only came up because we're not used to seeing male actors in full frontal nude roles! Fitting to have "Size-More" in such a vulnerable state, Maeve made him feel lower as he made her feel the same way in her narratives.